South Sudan : from revolution to independence
- Matthew LeRiche, Matthew Arnold.
- London : C. Hurst & Co., 2012.
- Physical description
- ix, 313 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 22 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction : from Southern Sudan to South Sudan. Contested identities and near perpetual war
- The origins of 'Southern Sudan'
- Transforming Southern Sudan into South Sudan
- The purposes of the book
- The Southern Sudan question : unity or separation? The first civil war : Anya-Nya secessionism ends in unity
- The second civil war : the SPLA's revolution ends in secession
- Domineering personalities and conflicted collaboration
- Conclusion : New Sudan dies; South Sudan is born
- The golden years of revolution : 1983-1991. The SPLA emerges as the dominant Southern force
- The SPLA advances, Khartoum turns to Southern proxies
- The 1991 watershed
- Conclusion : when golden is relative
- Years of darkness, serious struggle, negotiations : 1991-2005. The dark years of revolution
- The SPLA/M's serious struggle to regain the initiative
- Negotiating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
- Conclusion : and now the hard part
- Giving unity a chance : the CPA's interim period, 2005-2011. The implications of Garang's death for the CPA process
- Relative accommodation and perseverance for the referendum
- What happened to the Second Republic of New Sudan?
- Conclusion : persistence pays off
- Defining the Republic of South Sudan. From region to state : laying the foundations of sovereign governance
- Keeping it together : confronting the revival of other armed groups
- The economic situation at independence and development
- The parameters of South Sudan's foreign policy. The two Sudans : South Sudan's relations with Sudan
- South Sudan's relations with regional neighbours
- South Sudan's relations with the major powers
- The meaning of liberation in South Sudan. Who owns South Sudan's liberation?
- What is South Sudanese nationalism?
- The need for South-South reconciliation
- Conclusion : the long walk to freedom.
- Publisher's Summary
- In July 2011 the Republic of South Sudan achieved independence, concluding what had been Africa's longest running civil war. The process leading to independence was driven by the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement, a primarily Southern rebel force and political movement intent on bringing about the reformed unity of the whole Sudan. Through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, a six year peace process unfolded in the form of an interim period premised upon 'making unity attractive' for the Sudan. A failed exercise, it culminated in an almost unanimous vote for independence by Southerners in a referendum held in January 2011. Violence has continued since, and a daunting possibility for South Sudan has arisen - to have won independence only to descend into its own civil war, with the regime in Khartoum aiding and abetting factionalism to keep the new state weak and vulnerable. Achieving a durable peace will be a massive challenge, and resolving the issues that so inflamed Southerners historically - unsupportive governance, broad feelings of exploitation and marginalisation and fragile ethnic politics - will determine South Sudan's success or failure at statehood. A story of transformation and of victory against the odds, this book reviews South Sudan's modern history as a contested region and assesses the political, social and security dynamics that will shape its immediate future as Africa's newest independent state.
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- Publication date
- 9781849041959 (pbk.)
- 1849041954 (pbk.)
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